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'Thornfield Hall' / 'Love Letter from a Ragdoll to her Skeleton Performer'

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Thornfield Hall

My heart is Thornfield Hall

and I am your ashen governess,

ventricles pounding stronger

behind a ribcage of poverty

and literature written in cursive.

Your inherited hallways

blaze with an inferno

of secrets and mystery,

sharper than pain and

there are too many losses in my life

to keep me from dismissing the echoes

that you left in the hollows

of my chambers. I will share

this collapsed mansion with you

that a foreign fire claimed and

I can guide you down the path

that has been spared.

I can walk at your pace,

there are no ghosts anymore-

dead embers of final secrets

sealed off from the one you love most.

~ December Lace

Love Letter from a Ragdoll to a Skeleton Performer

All of this is a nightmare, my love-

sewing stitches in blue-hued skin

as you wander off in a skeletal vacancy;

your theatrical mind loosening in a spiral

no cerebrum of mine can reach

while patches of pumpkins begin to push out their rot,

the glow of the moon casting down a spotlight

not quite bright enough for your creative hands,

the hill on which you stand too earthly and isolated

for a stage. I know you think you’ll wither without

an entrance, my love, but you are far more adored

than any persona you think you’ve created with your

own bones. Uncover your core and let me see the

exposed insides of what you push away, let me

rub the dust of what your mortar and

pestle thumb and forefinger do to yourself

when you ponder the night away while you

think I’m asleep. I’ll take you into my skin, I’ll take you

into my stitches. Please let me in. I’ve seen the gaps

underneath your pinstripes and there is room for me.

~ December Lace


December Lace is a former professional wrestler and pinup model from Chicago. She is a Best of the Net nominee and has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Pro Wrestling Illustrated, The Molotov Cocktail, Pussy Magic Lit, The Cabinet of Heed, Vamp Cat, Twist in Time, Dark Marrow and Rhythm & Bones YANYR Anthology, among others as well as the forthcoming Coffin Bell. She loves Batman, burlesque, cats, and horror movies. She can be found on Twitter @TheMissDecember or

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